Fakes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Fakes family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Essex. The name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Vaux, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Fakes family

The surname Fakes was first found in Essex where Robert de Vals, de Valibus, de Vaux was first listed shortly after the Conquest. [1] However, the name was scattered throughout early Britain due to their strong Norman ancestry. Aitard de Vaux held estates in Norfolk in 1086 as did Randulph de Vaux in Cumberland. [2] In part, this was due to the origin of the name "Vaux," a fairly common French place name which is plural of the word "val" which means in English "valley." [1] The "V" and "F" prefix was interchangeable at this time.

Early History of the Fakes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fakes research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1570, 1606, 1605, 1675 and 1732 are included under the topic Early Fakes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fakes Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Fakes were recorded, including Faux, Fawkes, Fauks and others.

Early Notables of the Fakes family (pre 1700)

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fakes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Fakes migration to the United States +

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Fakes arrived in North America very early:

Fakes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Fakes, who arrived in America in 1808 [3]
  • Berendina Fakes, aged 2, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [3]
  • Gerardus Fakes, aged 6, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [3]
  • Trijntje Bosch Fakes, aged 33, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [3]
  • Wilhelm Fakes, aged 9, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [3]


The Fakes Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: A Deo et Rege
Motto Translation: From God and the king.


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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